Saturday, April 11, 2009

You want politics, you gottem!

Trying to have a wonderful Easter weekend, but stupid stuff just keeps coming around. Stupid stuff 1: Maryland House Bill 298, the supposed "Fair Share" act. You see, some years back Governor Parris Glendening, after being influenced by AFSCME, a union that some (but not a majority) of state employees belong to, got legislation to enact collective bargaining. I was on the fence about it. The measure was defeated, but the governor caved in to special interests and signed an executive order calling for an election to see which employee association would speak for all employees. Though a minority percentage of employees, AFSCME won the rights. Now, years later, they want to collect a "service fee" from non-AFSCME members to supposedly fund their efforts. This is a rotten bill with no cap on fees, no oversight, no consideration for employees who belong to another group, nothing. Hundreds of calls flooded in. Norman Conway is the head of the House of Delegates Finance Committee. He has refused to listen to the people that elected him and plans to ram this bill down everybody's throats in order to keep his chairmanship. I think its a shame. I will not forget in November 2010.

OK, then we have pirates. I understand the US Navy is forbidden to attack them if they have hostages under the rules of engagement. I am afraid we will cave in to their demands, and every US ship will be a target. Why can't we have a coalition force to attack the Somali pirate bases and wipe them out? They'll just keep doing it. We stopped the barbary pirates in 1800, let's stop these new thugs, or at least issue letters of marque so that privateers can do it for us.

I hope everybody has a happy Easter. I'll be in the play Who Will Call Him King of Kings at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church on Shamrock DR. Salisbury tonight and tomorrow. We need to do a lot of praying as a nation this Easter weekend.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring is here now

Sure, I like talking about the weather. It's sunny and breezy and now I've got to cut grass tomorrow. I'll be playing a cruel jailer in my church's Easter play this year (Emmanuel Wesleyan on Shamrock Drive), so come and watch me chew the scenery next weekend, Friday through Sunday. What else is going on, let's see. Mayoral election in Salisbury. Lots of mud being slung. Vote your conscience not rumor. Went to see a Haunting in Connecticut (subtitled AIG and the Chris Dodd re-election campaign). OK, seriously, the backstory was really interesting, but the modern horror haunting stuff was pretty bland by even 1970 standards and bore little relation to the purported "true" story from what I have read on the internet.
Big tax on cigarettes started this week. It caused one of my co-workers to quit smoking, so I guess it served a purpose in lowering health care costs. Next, Big Macs will be taxed so your arteries don't clog. Oh, that's right, you'll lose weight because you won't be able to afford to drive, since OPEC cutbacks are starting to affect the price of oil (up about $20 since the beginning of the year when it was $33 a barrel).
I have a friend who thinks I am an idiot because I don't think Obama is a Marxist and is turning our country into another Soviet Union. Hey, the companies came to the government for a bailout, so they accepted the consequences of being on the government dole. Worse, I hear Tim Geitner was covering up for some of the banks. I am getting a bit tired of him and think Obama should dump him for somebody not in banking, maybe in collections, like a repo man. Since I am an idiot for being a Democrat I now have Obama in my top friends list on MySpace. He hasn't sent me any email, though. Guess Michelle and the kids are hogging the computer all the time when they aren't hugging folks and being good and decent folk. Oh, well....
Say, I'll be at the Shad Festival April 25th all day. Come and say hello. I will also be at the Worcester Technical School May 1st talking about Eastern Shore Culture and at the Westside Heritage Festival on May 9th. Come say hello! I signed up to be an official Scribe of the Shore, am waiting to hear back. Meanwhile, drop me a comment.